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Is there a way to copy selected features, then paste them into the same feature class (and then edit some attributes)?

e.g. If I have a land parcel that has more than one owner, how can I create multiple instances of that feature without having to import or load it for each owner? I just want to copy and paste it then edit the 'Owner' field.

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There are a few ways to do this. Within an active editing session you can simply use the Copy and Paste tools on the main tool bar. I dialogue window will pop-up asking you which layer you want to paste it into. A second option is to use the Copy Features Tool that is part of the Advanced Editing Toolbar. This tool will also pop-up a window asking you which layer you would like to save the feature to (assuming you may have multiple layers loaded in ArcMap).

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Thanks - I had been trying to achive this by copying features selected in the attributes table, not the feature itself. It seems so obvious now. –  Ian Aug 24 '12 at 0:41
    
Glad its working. –  Ryan Garnett Aug 24 '12 at 0:47
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Surely it would be better to create an "Owner Table" and relate the feature class to the owner table. Good GIS practice !

OR a less pretty way would be to have multiple fields in the feature class e.g. Owner1, Owner2 etc.

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